Can your family's doctor hit towering home runs? Well Dr. Eddy Furniss of Nacogdoches can. Furniss a former LSU Tiger baseball star recently learned that he will be inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame in June.
"Honestly, having grown up in Texas I never thought of being in any hall of fame much less a state-wide hall in a place like Louisiana," said Furniss. "For me to be a part of that is very humbling."
The former first baseman led LSU to back to back titles in 1996 and 1997 before being named the nations top player in 1998. After a short minor league career Furniss went back to medicine and settled down in Nacogdoches. Other than medicine Furniss says a big hobby is passing along the game to the next generation.
"I coach 8-year-olds, which is probably more fun than playing," said Furniss. "Coaching baseball has been a great blessing to me, to be able to pass that on to the next generation is an honor."
This doctor has more awards on the walls of his office than most, but says this recent honor could easily be called his favorite of them all.
"Of all of the honors I have ever received by being in the LSU hall of fame and the college baseball hall of fame, this one is different," said Furniss. "The Louisiana state hall of fame has been very humbling, something I never expected, something that I'll appreciate and cherish the rest of my life."
The actual induction ceremony will be June 23rd in Natchitoches, Louisiana. Furniss still holds 5 SEC all-time career records, including: hits, doubles, home runs, RBI's and total bases. Meanwhile Furniss' alma-mater begins the 2012 season once again ranked in the top ten teams in the nation.
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